The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Kinnelon, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Kinnelon, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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The NJSIAA officially announced the 2022 public high school football playoff brackets on Sunday morning.The brackets are based on the final United Power Rankings, which were released Saturday night. Below are the seeds and first-round matchups for each section.The public school playoffs begin this Friday, Oct. 28 with the public section quarterfinals. The non-public playoffs begin on Friday, Nov. 4. The non-public brackets will be seeded on Oct. 30 after all regular-season games are completed.For the first...
The NJSIAA officially announced the 2022 public high school football playoff brackets on Sunday morning.
The brackets are based on the final United Power Rankings, which were released Saturday night. Below are the seeds and first-round matchups for each section.
The public school playoffs begin this Friday, Oct. 28 with the public section quarterfinals. The non-public playoffs begin on Friday, Nov. 4. The non-public brackets will be seeded on Oct. 30 after all regular-season games are completed.
For the first time, the NJSIAA will crown true state champions in each of the five public school groups this season. Those championship games are scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at Rutgers' SHI Stadium.
(8) Kinnelon at (1) Park Ridge
(5) North Arlington at (4) Brearley
(6) Cresskill at (3) Waldwick/Midland Park
(7) Boonton at (2) Mountain Lakes
(8) Shabazz at (1) Wood-Ridge
(5) Wallkill Valley at (4) Cedar Grove
(6) North Warren at (3) Butler
(7) Hasbrouck Heights at (2) Weequahic
(8) Schalick at (1) Woodstown
(5) Audubon at (4) Paulsboro
(6) Keyport at (3) Glassboro
(7) Florence at (2) Salem
(8) Penns Grove at (1) Woodbury
(5) Shore at (4) Manville
(6) South Hunterdon at (3) Maple Shade
(7) Pitman at (2) Asbury Park
(8) Mahwah at (1) Rutherford
(5) Newark West Side at (4) Dumont
(6) Jefferson at (3) Madison
(7) Hanover Park at (2) Westwood
(8) High Point at (1) Caldwell
(5) Bernards at (4) Ramsey
(6) Ridgefield Park at (3) Glen Rock
(7) Becton at (2) Newton
(8) Overbrook at (1) Point Pleasant Boro
(5) New Providence at (4) Willingboro
(6) West Deptford at (3) Gloucester City
(7) Cinnaminson at (2) Haddonfield
(8) Middle Township at (1) Raritan
(5) Johnson at (4) Pleasantville
(6) Delaware Valley at (3) Oakcrest
(7) Monmouth at (2) Rumson-Fair Haven
(8) Lincoln at (1) Old Tappan
(5) Mendham at (4) Sparta
(6) Vernon at (3) River Dell
(7) Parsippany Hills at (2) Hillside
(8) Hackettstown at (1) West Morris
(5) Warren Hills at (4) Montville
(6) Paramus at (3) West Essex
(7) Wayne Hills at (2) Cranford
(8) Somerville at (1) Seneca
(5) Highland Regional at (4) Manasquan
(6) Cedar Creek at (3) Timber Creek
(7) Nottingham at (2) Camden
(8) Deptford at (1) Delsea
(5) Eastside (Camden) at (4) South Plainfield
(6) Matawan at (3) Hopewell Valley
(7) Burlington Township at (2) Ocean Township
(8) Sayreville at (1) Irvington
(5) Montgomery at (4) Northern Highlands
(6) Roxbury at (3) Ridge
(7) Woodbridge at (2) Ramapo
(8) Middletown North at (1) North Hunterdon
(5) Morris Knolls at (4) Colonia
(6) Chatham at (3) Wayne Valley
(7) Rahway at (2) Randolph
(8) Cherry Hill West at (1) Middletown South
(5) Winslow Township at (4) Colts Neck
(6) Moorestown at (3) Mainland
(7) Long Branch at (2) Pennsauken
(8) Hightstown at (1) Hammonton
(5) Ocean City at (4) Shawnee
(6) Manalapan at (3) Jackson
(7) Lacey at (2) Millville
(8) Morristown at (1) Passaic Tech
(5) East Orange Campus at (4) Clifton
(6) Bridgewater-Raritan at (3) Westfield
(7) Union at (2) Union City
(8) Elizabeth at (1) Phillipsburg
(5) Piscataway at (4) Eastside (Paterson)
(6) West Orange at (3) Watchung Hills
(7) Montclair at (2) Ridgewood
(8) Freehold Township at (1) Lenape
(5) Atlantic City at (4) Rancocas Valley
(6) Edison at (3) Hillsborough
(7) Hunterdon Central at (2) North Brunswick
(8) Old Bridge at (1) Toms River North
(5) Washington Township at (4) Marlboro
(6) Williamstown at (3) Cherokee
(7) Southern at (2) Kingsway
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Two students from Parsippany are among the MPAC November students of the month.Kensley Lovius is a Grade 7 Brooklawn Middle School student and was nominated by Parsippany Nominated by Joseph StellaKensley is a euphonium player who switched from the trumpet last year and has really excelled since the switch. Having Kensley on the euphonium has not only helped the sound of our 7th grade band, but it has also motivated him to practice more and improve his overall musicianship. He is also considering anot...
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Two students from Parsippany are among the MPAC November students of the month.
Kensley Lovius is a Grade 7 Brooklawn Middle School student and was nominated by Parsippany Nominated by Joseph Stella
Kensley is a euphonium player who switched from the trumpet last year and has really excelled since the switch. Having Kensley on the euphonium has not only helped the sound of our 7th grade band, but it has also motivated him to practice more and improve his overall musicianship. He is also considering another switch to tuba this year to continue to help refine the instrumentation in our band. His combined musical talent, drive to improve and overall polite and mature demeanor makes him a fitting recipient of the Outstanding Brass Player recognition.
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Maeve Celli is a Grade 12 Parsippany High School student and was nominated by Gregory Dalakian.
Maeve Celli has been a dedicated member of the PHS Bands for their entire career since entering high school 4 years ago. Maeve has been a standout trumpet player since their freshman year and has had numerous solos with our Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble. They have been a dedicated member of all aspects of the PHS Band program: Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. Maeve has continued to improve on the trumpet every year, amidst the challenges of the pandemic, and has become a role model to their peers. In addition to being a talented musician, Maeve's creativity and appreciation for music has contributed a great deal to our music classroom.
Students from Roxbury, Kinnelon, Parsippany, Boonton, Mountain Lakes, Hanover Township, Budd Lake, Mendham and Morristown schools were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center’s November 2022 Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Brass Instrumentalists -- prior to the Thursday, November 10 performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theatre’s Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts. The Theatre will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. The students were honored prior to the performance on stage and had an opportunity to meet with members from the band prior to the performance.
The 2022-2023 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.
About the other November Music Students of the Month (bio supplied by their instructors):
Grade 12, Roxbury High School; Roxbury; Nominated by Jeffrey Conrad
Nicholas is a senior member of the Roxbury band program. He has been the principal trombone of our top instrumental ensemble, the RHS Honors Wind Symphony, since his sophomore year and also a student leader in our marching band. He has been active in the Region I and NJ All State Band and Orchestra programs. He is also principal trombone of the NJ Youth Symphony. Nicholas is not only a great young musician, but he is more importantly a wonderful young man: kind, caring and supportive. He is valued and respected by teachers and peers alike. He leads by example and is always open to constructive criticism. Simply put, Nicholas is a valued member of our program and his presence elevates all those around him.
Grade 7, Kinnelon High School; Kinnelon; Nominated by Ryan Stroud
Chris is a senior here KHS and has been an absolutely critical piece to our puzzle. He's a trumpet player in our Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra. He is the first to volunteer for anything that can help our program out, and he's constantly looking for more opportunities to play his horn. Additionally, Chris has already earned his pilot's license and regularly makes solo flights around the region. He intends to go to school for aviation, but I know he's going to keep playing his trumpet. He's a great kid. We're incredibly lucky to have him.
Grade 7, Mendham Middle School; Mendham; Nominated by Russell Branch & Michael MaHadeen
Griffin is a true low brass musician playing tuba/euphonium and bass trombone interchangeably andall at an advanced level for his age. Griffin plays tuba in concert band, bass trombone in Jazz Band and euphonium as a secondary instrument in Regions workshop. Griffin attended Blue Lake Fine Arts these past two summers on merit scholarship as well as the NJPA summer band camp. 2021 on euphonium, 2022 on tuba. Griffin was accepted into Elementary Honors Band last year as a 6th grader and will be auditioning on both tuba and euphonium for Area Band and JH Regions this year as a 7th grader. Griffin comes from a musical family where he recently performed at Jaimie branch's (his aunt) memorial at the Pioneer Works venue in Red Hook Brooklyn alongside professional jazz musicians Lester St. Louis, Jason Ajemian and Jason Nazarry this past 9/24. Griffin has performed the solo “Maid of the Mist” by Herbert Clark on tuba in recital Spring of his 6th grade year as well at a low brass masterclass for the tuba professor Stephanie Ycaza of the University of Northern Iowa this past summer at Blue Lake. In addition to low brass, Griffin has been studying piano since age 4. Griffin has taken advantage of every musical opportunity available to him here in MTMS. He does 5 mornings per week before school in the band department, attends Regions workshop as his elective and is one the very few students whom has actually moved forward with his musical development during the pandemic. Griffin is a highly motivated and well-educated young musician who without hesitation I would recommend for this honor.
Grade 8, Pearl R. Miller Middle School; Kinnelon; Nominated by Brian Scanlon
Bridget is a member of every ensemble our school has to offer. As a 7th grade student Bridget took on some new challenges and successfully auditioned for our two honor groups. As a 7th grader Bridget was a featured soloist with our Jazz-Rock Ensemble. She also held down the first chair trombone in our grade 6-8 Advanced Musicians Band. Bridget has grown significantly in her time in middle school. She takes advantage of extra help opportunities to ensure she is always bringing her best to the ensembles she is participating in. Her love for music paired with her desire to perform well have She has been recommended for North Jersey Area Band and is looking forward to auditioning for the Region I Junior High Band later this year. In closing, Bridget is not only a great member of our band program, she also demonstrates some of the highest character imaginable.
Grade 7, John Hill School; Boonton; Nominated by Yvonne Manca
Jordan has been an instrumental part of the music program at John Hill School. She has been playing the trumpet since 4th grade. She is currently in 7th grade but has been playing the 1st trumpet part for the past 2 years because she has a tremendous range and agility. In the middle school, she sits first chair and is our lead trumpet player. She never misses a practice and always enters the room with a smile on her face and eager to learn the music. It is for these reasons that I nominate Jordan for Outstanding Brass Player.
Grade 12, Mountain Lakes High School; Mountain Lakes; Nominated by Meredith Boyan
Rebecca is a senior tuba player at Mountain Lakes High School. She has dedicated so much of her time to improving her individual musicianship through private study and practice. She performs with the Juilliard Pre-College program, and brings her expertise back to school to share with our ensemble. She provides our Wind Ensemble with an excellent bass foundation, and she makes the hard passages look easy! She is a dependable and important member of the band, both personally and musically, and we at MLHS are lucky to have her participating in our ensembles.
Grade 8, Mount Olive Middle School; Budd Lake; Nominated by Melany McQueeny
Anthony currently plays trombone in the 8th grade band and both of our after school groups - Junior Winds and Jazz Band. Anthony has also participated in the North Jersey Area Band. He is an incredibly dedicated music student and is always prepared. Anthony is also always helping members of his section as well. He is a leader within his section, the band, and the entire school community. Anthony is a stellar student. He is always looking at ways to improve himself as a musician and asks some really great questions! You can honestly see the wheels turning in his brain any time a recommendation is given to him. Anthony has truly embodied what it means to be an outstanding brass player, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor.
Grade 8, Mountain View Middle School; Mendham Nominated by Bradley McMurray
Jacob is an outstanding musician and student. He has been taking private lessons on the trumpet for four years through the pandemic. Last year Jacob made the North Jersey Region Symphonic Band as a 7th grader. Jacob is constantly showing me the repertoire he is working on in his lessons and is always interested in performing a solo for the class or at a concert. Jacob also plays the National Anthem at all the pep rallies and is very excited to start Marching Band in high school.
Grade 8; Frelinghuysen Middle School; Morristown; Nominated by Timotny Beadle
Kate is an outstanding trumpet player at Frelinghuysen Middle School who will also play the baritone when needed! In addition to playing in band classes, Kate is an important member of the Falcon Big Band and Wind Symphony, both of which meet after school on different days. In every group, Kate is the first to know her music and also the first to help the other students. She's not just a trumpet player, she's a leader!
Andrew is a Grade 12, Whippany Park High School student and was Nominated by Peter Sciaino.
Andrew is an exceptional trombone player and a wonderfully dedicated member of our band program. He serves as the Brass Captain for our marching band, has successfully auditioned for honors groups and has been a featured soloist in our school ensembles (marching, jazz, concert). Andrew has demonstrated a work ethic that I use as an example to motivate his peers and younger members of our band program. While he displayed a rather high musical aptitude as a young student, he was also regularly working on fundamental skills needed to play at a high level. Now he is an inspiring performer who continues to improve with every rehearsal. In addition to his participation in our instrumental program, Andrew was a standout in my AP Music Theory class. While Andrew is gifted with perfect pitch, his natural abilities did not define his aptitude in the course as much as his work ethic did.
MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ — This is high praise from a longtime mentor and just shows you how much a player will be missed.“Matt Sims was one of the top two quarterbacks I’ve had here,” David Brearley High School head football coach Scott Miller said of his standout senior signal-caller. “He was a special player for us in so many ways.”Sims, who played on the varsity all four years, led the Bears into battle in the North 1, Group 1 sectional state championship game at Wilkins Field against the host ...
MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ — This is high praise from a longtime mentor and just shows you how much a player will be missed.
“Matt Sims was one of the top two quarterbacks I’ve had here,” David Brearley High School head football coach Scott Miller said of his standout senior signal-caller. “He was a special player for us in so many ways.”
Sims, who played on the varsity all four years, led the Bears into battle in the North 1, Group 1 sectional state championship game at Wilkins Field against the host Mountain Lakes High School’s Herd on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Both teams competed in North 2, Group 1 last year, David Brearley falling as the sixth seed at third-seeded Boonton High School, 41-24, in the first round, while top-seeded Mountain Lakes got all the way to the final and lost at home to second-seeded Cedar Grove High School, 15-7, for the championship.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, David Brearley was seeking its first state championship since 2006; it would have been its sixth in the playoff era. Mountain Lakes was out for its first since 2014 and eighth overall.
Both teams scored touchdowns early on, Mountain Lakes first and David Brearley second on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Sims to senior wide receiver Brendan Fitzsimmons.
The combination of No. 10 Sims at quarterback completing a key pass to No. 2 Fitzsimmons at wide receiver will go down as one of the best pass-catch combos ever produced at the Group 1 school that hails from Kenilworth.
It would be justice to see Sims and Fitzsimmons competing in some kind of all-star game next summer.
“Matt always had the ability to throw the ball, and he kept on getting better,” Miller said. “The two of them, Matt and Brendan, forged a special relationship on the field.”
Mountain Lakes answered David Brearley’s touchdown with a second one as quarterback Ben Miniter was able to get the ball to wide receiver Gavin Ananian, who caught the ball and broke free for a 45-yard score.
Because Mountain Lakes made both of its 2-point conversions and David Brearley missed the one it had, the host Herd found itself ahead 16-6 at the break. David Brearley tried to cut the deficit to 7, but a 30-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Obiedzinski on the final play of the first half was kicked directly into the Mountain Lakes defensive line.
David Brearley drove deep into Mountain Lakes territory the first two times it had the ball in the second half, the first time reaching the Herd’s 4-yard line, before both drives were snuffed. Mountain Lakes went on to win, 16-6, and advance to the first-ever Group 1 semifinals this weekend at Franklin against North 2, Group 1 champ Weequahic High School. The first Group 1 final will be played at Rutgers University the first weekend in December.
Despite not winning a state championship, David Brearley finished its year at 10-1 and got to 10-0 for the first time since the Bears last played in a state championship game in 2015.
The Bears went 6-2 with Sims behind center two years ago in the shortened pandemic season and 7-3 last year for a three-year total of 23-6. Sims led David Brearley to the state playoffs both opportunities he had as a junior and senior.
Against Mountain Lakes, Sims carried the ball 36 times for 144 yards to go along with his touchdown pass to Fitzsimmons.
“I thought we moved the ball well,” Miller said. “We just weren’t able to get it in the end zone when we needed to. Mountain Lakes is a good team with a strong defense.”
The one time it did dent the Mountain Lakes defense, David Brearley put together a drive that took 17 plays, went 71 yards and used up almost eight minutes. On third-and-7 from the Mountain Lakes 17, Sims briefly looked right and then moved left and fired the ball to Fitzsimmons.
The pass led Fitzsimmons, who was single covered, perfectly, as Fitzsimmons caught the ball and then ran with it into the left corner of the end zone for what turned out to be the only points David Brearley would score on the day. In an attempt to tie the game at 8-8, Sims had his 2-point pass intercepted on the right side by Mountain Lakes defender Kevin Gillespie.
That turned out to be the final touchdown pass Sims would throw, and it was fitting that it went to fellow senior Fitzsimmons.
“Sims is a heck of a player and we knew that going in,” Mountain Lakes head coach Darrell Fusco said. “If he was going to beat us, it was going to have to be through the air. I think our defense did an outstanding job and really came through when it had to.”
Another David Brearley senior who excelled, with his name being called by the announcer all game long after key tackles he was in on, including some fine solo ones, was No. 57, Bruce Harms.
“To say getting this far based on what we started with was an overachievement would be an understatement,” Miller said. “I thought we could win a conference championship, but the kids really came a long way.”
David Brearley outscored 10 opponents, including one the Bears beat by forfeit, by an impressive margin of 333-98, with shutout victories against Spotswood High School, 36-0, at home; Jonathan Dayton High School, 26-0, on the road; South Hunterdon Regional High School, 14-0, at home; and Highland Park High School, 32-0, on the road.
David Brearley outscored its first two playoff opponents by a combined score of 95-30, including home wins against fifth-seeded North Arlington High School, 50-16, and eighth-seeded Kinnelon High School, 45-14.
The Bears captured the Big Central Conference’s Freedom Gold Division championship outright at 4-0, beating Spotswood, Roselle Park High School, Jonathan Dayton and Highland Park. Three of those wins were by shutout, and the victory against Roselle Park was by the score of 46-26. Roselle Park, which finished 5-5, scored the most points against David Brearley this year.
North 1, Group 1 final at Mountain Lakes No. 4 David Brearley High School (10-1) 00 06 00 00 – 06 No. 2 Mountain Lakes High School (10-1) 08 08 00 00 – 16
First quarter Mountain Lakes: Jordan Hernando 6 run, Jimmy Elliott run (ML 8-0). 12 plays, 80 yards, 1:45 used.
Second quarter David Brearley: Brendan Fitzsimmons 17 pass from Matt Sims, pass failed (ML 8-6). 17 plays, 71 yards, 7:47 used. Mountain Lakes: Gavin Ananian 45 pass from Ben Miniter, Jimmy Elliott run (ML 16-6). 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:09 used.
David Brearley (10-1) A-David Brearley 34, Manville 20 H-David Brearley 36, Spotswood 0 H-David Brearley 46, Roselle Park 26 A-David Brearley 26, Jonathan Dayton 0 H-David Brearley 14, South Hunterdon 0 A-David Brearley 32, Highland Park 0 A-David Brearley 44, Middlesex 6 H-David Brearley over Dunellen by forfeit H-David Brearley 50, North Arlington 16 H-David Brearley 45, Kinnelon 14 A-Mountain Lakes 16, David Brearley 6 Head coach: Scott Miller 21st season. Section: North, Group 1 Conference: Big Central Division: Freedom Gold (4-0, champs) North 1, Group 1: (2-1, second) Record: 10-1 Home: 6-0 Away: 4-1 Neutral: 0-0 Points for: 333 Points against: 98 Shutouts: 4 Overtime: 0-0
Photos Courtesy of JR Parachini
The Kinnelon softball team was riding high after turning the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 playoffs upside down, beating four higher seeds to win the program’s first sectional title in 25 years, as a nine seed that was clearly was much better than its seed indicated.Its opponent has become a walking history book for Weehawken High School, breaking school records and setting new standards in its run to the North Jersey, Section 2 title.Welcome to the NJSIAA group playoffs, where dream seasons collide.One day afte...
The Kinnelon softball team was riding high after turning the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 playoffs upside down, beating four higher seeds to win the program’s first sectional title in 25 years, as a nine seed that was clearly was much better than its seed indicated.
Its opponent has become a walking history book for Weehawken High School, breaking school records and setting new standards in its run to the North Jersey, Section 2 title.
Welcome to the NJSIAA group playoffs, where dream seasons collide.
One day after being featured in their city’s Memorial Day parade, Weehawken continued its postseason victory parade at the Kinnelon Recreation Center, where standout sophomore Savanna McHale pitched a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts and Zoe Colin contributed a two-run double that surprised even her to key a 4-0 victory in the Group 1 semifinals.
Weehawken (27-2) totaled 11 hits but, until Colin’s double and and Eva Shevlin’s run-scoring single sparked a three-run sixth, the team was clinging to a 1-0 lead built in the first inning on Morgan Tomlinson’s game-opening triple and Brooke’s McHale’s RBI groundout.
But Savanna McHale continued the dominant pitching that has yet to allow an earned run in the postseason, the defense played solidly and the timely hits finally came.
“At the beginning of the season, there were days where the pitching and defense might be pretty good, but the hitting wasn’t,” Weehawken coach Raquel Roder said. “Or the hitting and pitching were there, but the defense wasn’t great. We just kept hoping that one day it would all come together.”
All three of those facets were just fine against Kinnelon (11-15), which stayed within a run for five innings thanks to solid defense in support of left-handed starting pitcher Kristyn Carroll, who stranded four runners in that stretch and also delivered her team’s first two hits at the plate.
But Weehawken finally broke through in the sixth, when Savanna McHale and Envey Duran (3-for-3 with two doubles) led off with singles and Katherine Thompson reached on a throwing error on her sacrifice bunt.
Shevlin and Colin then dropped a single and double into right to provide some welcome breathing room.
“In the beginning of the game, it was really nervous because I’m used to us not really hitting a lot,” said Colin, who entered the game with just six hits in 43 at-bats. “But today, one through nine we all made solid contact on the ball. I’m very proud of my team and how far we’ve come. But I was really surprised on my double. Shocked really.”
They will continue the deepest postseason run in school history Saturday at Ivy Hill Park in Newark, where they will play for the state Group 1 title between the winner of today’s game between Clayton, the South Jersey champion and No. 8 team in the NJ.com Top 20, and host New Egypt, the Central Jersey champion. The winner advances to next week’s Tournament of Champions.
The offense has been good enough for Weehawken, though scoring just five runs over the three sectional playoff games was leaving little margin for error. But McHale demonstrated once again why pitching has mostly carried the team, extending her playoff pitching line to 10 hits allowed over four games, with one run (unearned) against, plus eight walks and 57 strikeouts.
A Kinnelon team that had scored 26 runs over four playoff games looked like a potential problem, but they had a tough time with the repertoire of riseball, drop curve, changeup and screwball offered by McHale, who pitched despite dealing with a migraine the morning of the game.
“It came down to discipline,” Kinnelon coach Jacquelyn Tartaglia said. “We chased a lot of pitches high and out. But they also had some solid hits. A couple doubles were hit to the fence. Those were well-earned hits. ”
Kinnelon appeared ready to bounce right back from the three-run sixth when it received singles from Cat Bodner and McKayla Coppla leading off the bottom half of the inning, but McHale recorded a key out by getting a force at third off the bat of Carroll, who had singled in her first two at-bats.
A walk loaded the bases for Kinnelon, but McHale struck out Jenna Dermksian and Allyson Balonze, the No. 3 and 4 hitters, for a huge escape.
“Everything just snowballed after that (rally),” McHale said. “We were really up and cheering. And it provided a lot of security for me as a pitcher. They loaded the bases right after that, but I wasn’t as nervous knowing that it wasn’t still 1-0.”
Weehawken was on its way to adding another chapter to its historic season, in which it has become the school’s first sectional champion in any girls sport, set a record for most victories by any girls team and was already the first to reach a group semifinal.
Now it is the first again, to reach a group final. It also becomes the first Hudson County softball team to make a group championship game since High Tech in 2008.
Kinnelon’s postseason ended with the program’s first sectional title since 1997.
“We played one of the toughest schedules in Morris County by design,” Tartaglia said. “Despite today’s outcome, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this team. They faced so much adversity. They came together and battled teams that were also sectional champions.
“It was a well-deserved sectional title and I’m really happy we were able to get that done, especially for the seniors. They got so close last year (losing in the sectional finals) and got a taste of it. They got to see the other side of that and I think it was a really special season.”
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Senior Abby Sullivan tallied five goals and two assists and junior Melissa Elefonte had four goals and two assists as sixth-seeded Kinnelon outlasted 11th-seeded Kittatinny 14-10 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Kinnelon.Kinnelon will next face third-seeded Verona in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.Sophomore Sabrina Avato produced a hat trick for Kinnelon (12-5) while freshman goalie Fairooz Kabir finished with nine saves.Sophomore Molly Riva and junior Alexa Shotwell each had two goals for Kittat...
Senior Abby Sullivan tallied five goals and two assists and junior Melissa Elefonte had four goals and two assists as sixth-seeded Kinnelon outlasted 11th-seeded Kittatinny 14-10 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Kinnelon.
Kinnelon will next face third-seeded Verona in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Sophomore Sabrina Avato produced a hat trick for Kinnelon (12-5) while freshman goalie Fairooz Kabir finished with nine saves.
Sophomore Molly Riva and junior Alexa Shotwell each had two goals for Kittatinny (10-8). Senior goalie Lara Kruck made seven saves.
Mountain Lakes 16, Waldwick 1
Freshman Kaylin Oey and sophomores Kayla Plotts and Julia Petersen had two goals apiece to help pace top-seeded Mountain Lakes, No. 9 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 16-1 win over 16th-seeded Waldwick in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Mountain Lakes.
Mountain Lakes will next face eighth-seeded Jefferson in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Senior Gianna Spagnola finished with four assists and senior Paige Glavin had a goal and two assists for Mountain Lakes (10-5).
Sophomore Kaitlyn Verdesca scored for Waldwick (11-7).
Glen Rock 17, Pascack Hills 4
Senior Julia Corry exploded for seven goals and four assists to lift fifth-seeded Glen Rock to a 17-4 win over 12th-seeded Pascack Hills in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Glen Rock.
Glen Rock will next visit fourth-seeded Mahwah in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Senior Paige Manning produced a hat trick and had two assists while freshman Emily Sanders scored twice and had four assists for Glen Rock (11-7). Senior Kaylee Doyle scored twice as well.
Junior Izzy Benedict had two goals for Pascack Hills (13-3) while junior Emily Sailer had a goal and two assists. Senior Ally Green chipped in with a goal.
Mahwah 14, Cedar Grove 4
Junior Shannon Doran had four goals and two assists while sophomore Anna Ludwig tallied two goals and four assists to lead fourth-seeded Mahwah to a 14-4 win over 13th-seeded Cedar Grove in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Mahwah.
Mahwah will next host fifth-seeded Glen Rock in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Sophomore Julia Graceffo and seniors Lauren Cherven and Gianna Lotito marked two goals apiece for Mahwah (10-6) while sophomore Izzy Lotito chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Junior Taylor Bennett produced a hat trick to lead Cedar Grove (6-11) and sophomore Kierstin Walter finished with nine saves.
Caldwell 14, Pompton Lakes 2
Junior Lily Caravela marked four goals while seniors Julia Duren-Lubanski and Kate Quinn each recorded a hat trick along with two assists as second-seeded Caldwell topped 15th-seeded Pompton Lakes 14-2 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in West Caldwell.
Caldwell will next face seventh-seeded Westwood in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Sophomore Teagan Quinn tallied two goals and three assists and junior Gracie Suda scored twice for Caldwell (15-3), which won its fifth straight game.
Senior Grace Thornhill had a goal and an assist for Pompton Lakes (10-8) and junior Kaeley Sek added a goal.
Verona 15, Lenape Valley 2
Freshman Riley Kenrick had four goals and senior Ella Moore produced a hat trick along with four assists as third-seeded Verona defeated 14th-seeded Lenape Valley 15-2 in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Verona.
Verona will next host sixth-seeded Kinnelon in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Freshman Jane Sorger and junior Clara Nippes each had two goals and an assist for Verona (13-5).
Senior Kayla Petrucelli and sophomore Alison Church each scored for Lenape Valley (8-8).
Westwood 10, Indian Hills 4
Senior Kayleigh Dunn finished with four goals to help pace seventh-seeded Westwood past 10th-seeded Indian Hills in the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Washington Township.
Westwood will next visit second-seeded Caldwell in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Senior Emily Gorham had two goals while senior goalie Kelly Dillingham finished with eight saves for Westwood (11-7).
Senior Chloe Tirino marked twice for Indian Hills (6-12).
Jefferson 14, Ramsey 11
Eighth-seeded Jefferson held off ninth-seeded Ramsey to move on from the first round of the North Jersey Group 1 Tournament in Oak Ridge with a 14-11 victory.
Jefferson (14-4), which won its fourth straight game, will next visit top-seeded Mountain Lakes in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Ramsey fell to 4-11.
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